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Slept Through the 6.4 Earthquake!

Friday, December 14, 2012

I have never gotten used to how scary earthquakes are since moving to southern California many years ago. I know that every geographic area has its own weather nightmarish potential, but earthquakes are pretty unique. There is no warning and there is nowhere to run for cover. Yikes!

I've had a feeling we were going to start rockin and rollin soon, so I sleep in sweats so that it's kinda like street clothes, but a bit more comfy to sleep in. This one hit about 2:38 am and surprised that I didn't jolt awake as I usually do.

Speaking of weather, I hope to buy the 12-12-12 concert on iTunes and am happy that proceeds will go to help the victims of the hurricane. I watched portions of the concert and it was fun.

Wishing all a wonderful day.

(p.s. Radio just reported that we've had literally hundreds of aftershocks since the big quake. And, fyi, we are not that far from San Onofre nuclear power plant, which has been offline since the beginning of the year with problems they have not been very forthcoming about.)

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RACEWELLWON 12/15/2012 7:35PM

    I lived in LA during the last big quake in 1994 - I was in LA setting up a Distribution Center , so I was living in Marina Del Ray on a sailboat just down the Pier from The Cheesecake Factory where I used their facilities in the Marina to shower. You can imagine my surprise when the building started to move while I was stark naked in the shower ! Very scary for a Land Lubber from Chicago , I give you guys credit , that really frightened me however just last year we had a small quake here in Chicago as we live on a massive fault line . Happy to hear you are OK.

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SIOBHANKNITS 12/14/2012 11:45PM

    We live in Los Angeles (for 6+ years now) and slept through the whole thing, too, but it was 160+ miles offshore so I'm not sure there was much rocking or rolling here to awaken us. I've also had the feeling, though , the the time is near for such a big event. It's good to be prepared. We have our earthquake kit, but I wonder if we'll be able to even get to it when the time comes.

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DEBBY4576 12/14/2012 8:40PM

    I grew up in So. California. San Bernardino, then Pomona/Montclair. I never knew a time without the quakes. The last 30 years I've lived where they have very very few. Although the NW Seattle area did have some. I've felt So. Cal's earthquakes mildly here in Southwest AZ. They are scary aren't they? You really don't have time to do anything before they are over. Still, I'd rather have earthquakes than hurricanes I think. I'm told our Monsoons are natural disasters that take many lives too. I find that hard to believe.

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NORWOODGIRL 12/14/2012 5:43PM

    I would find that terrifying. But I guess when you live with the threat/possibility the fear dims - until the quake actually happens. Wow. Glad everything is OK.

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CATLADY52 12/14/2012 5:38PM

    After living on or near the San Andreas fault line for many years all I can say is "What else is new?" Now I have to watch out during tornado season. I honestly don't know which is scarier but either one can be bad. emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/14/2012 5:16PM

    I live in between 2 big faults and we occasionally have them too.

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SUNSHINESKYWAY 12/14/2012 1:38PM

    I used to live in San Diego. Earthquakes were one of my BIGGEST fears while living there. The only major one I remember was the Northridge quake in 1994. Even though the epicenter was quite a ways away, it woke up my then 1 week old son. I am so glad to hear you are okay.

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CATHYGETSFIT 12/14/2012 1:19PM

    Wow! That is scary! I can understand sleeping in something comfy and yet something that you can be seen in in public. I hope you have emergency supplies in case of a prolonged power outage. Glad you are alright!

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NATPLUMMER 12/14/2012 1:06PM

    Wow...that's a pretty impressive one to sleep through.
I'm with SPARKLINGME....I was in the Sylmar quake...I remember watching the brick wall in our backyard falling down.

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SPARKLINGME176 12/14/2012 12:43PM

    I was in the Sylmar 1, in the 1970's 7.???? Glad you are OK!

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/14/2012 12:35PM

    Yes, I am very prepared.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/14/2012 12:34PM

    It makes sense that you sleep in something "ready to roll" in. Do you have an emergency backpack or something prepared too? It's interesting how getting ready for our self-supported bike trip has put us in much better position to deal with a prolonged power outage. Water is the biggest issue in my opinion.

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DARWHOHOO 12/14/2012 10:34AM

    It rocked you into deeper sleep. I'm glad you were safe

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LIFEFOUNDONARUN 12/14/2012 10:11AM

    I felt it!! Woke me up!! I hate earthquakes lol

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Rain is So Soothing & Rare

Thursday, December 13, 2012

It rains so seldom here, that when it does, it's a special event! (smiling) I love hearing it today, not to mention how brown and dry everything is w/o adequate rainfall. All of nature is being hydrated, and my heart and soul are being soothed by the lovely falling drops.

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JUSTLLAMA 12/14/2012 2:50AM

    Love it! I sometimes love listening to a rainstorm. Unless of course I'm camping lol.

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JILLYBEAN25 12/14/2012 1:30AM

    I'm thrilled to death that my lawn is being watered!

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RFJSJ50 12/13/2012 11:17PM

    I've enjoyed the rainy days we've had lately, but our weather has been strange this year. I'm in NE Ohio and we usually have at least 8 inches of snow by now - no snow, several rainy days with temps in the 50s. (Today was beautiful, 45 and sunny.) Our summers are usually warm with temps in the mid 80s - we had 28 days in the high 90s and NO rain. We even had a few days over 100. Everyone was complaining about no rain this summer, now they're complaining about the rain!
I still have pansies blooming in my flower bed closest to the house!

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NORWOODGIRL 12/13/2012 8:07PM

    What a lovely poetic post! You obviously live somewhere warm. I would be horrified to get rain now!

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LIVINGFREE19 12/13/2012 6:20PM

    Hearing the raindrops is very soothing! I love to hear it as long a I don't have to be out in it.
I'm a pansy though too!

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DEBBY4576 12/13/2012 5:21PM

    Boy do I hear ya. It's raining this afternoon, for the first time in a long while. Love love Love it.

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MOM2ACAT 12/13/2012 4:03PM

    I love going to sleep to the sound of rain on the roof!

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ALEXSGIRL1 12/13/2012 3:32PM

    this was a beautiful and soothing blog i love the rain too

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RUNNER12COM 12/13/2012 3:24PM

    San Diego rain this morning is making the whole city look gorgeous. Super glad I don't have to drive on the freeways.

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WALLAHALLA 12/13/2012 2:57PM

    I love the sound of rain hitting the roof, or landing on water in a lake or pond.

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PEZMOM1 12/13/2012 2:21PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/13/2012 2:13PM

    I love rain and welcome a gentle rain once a week unless it's freezing rain. LOL.

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HOORAY FOR 12/12/12!!!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

If I were engaged, I'd probably tie the knot today doing things 12 times. (smiling) Will do fun things at 12 noon - just for fun.

Wishing all a happy day.

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CATHYGETSFIT 12/13/2012 12:29AM

    emoticon Happy 12-12-12 to you too! Hope you had fun doing fun things at 12 noon 12 times. emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/12/2012 10:19PM

    I heard a lot of people did get married. LOL.

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JIBBIE49 12/12/2012 7:04PM

    12-12-12 is a great Sagittarius day, so have FUN. We only get to live it ONCE. emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 12/12/2012 6:18PM

    Happy 12-12-12 to you too emoticon emoticon

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NORWOODGIRL 12/12/2012 3:15PM

    Great idea! Too late for tying the knot. Hmmm. Have to think of other fun things instead.

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WALLAHALLA 12/12/2012 1:45PM

    You just inspired my to do some strength training with sets of 12 reps!

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_LINDA 12/12/2012 12:32PM

    Enjoy your Dozen Delights! emoticon

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GAYLLYNNE 12/12/2012 12:23PM

    I was thinking that today would be a great day to have a baby!!

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/12/2012 12:19PM

    What a clever rascal! 12:12 it is!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/12/2012 12:07PM

    Instead of 12 about 12:12 pm?

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LIVINGFREE19 12/12/2012 10:53AM

    This is such an awesome day!
I hope you have a beautiful day, my friend!

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NATPLUMMER 12/12/2012 10:42AM


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Smart Meter Radiation

Monday, December 10, 2012

About a year ago, the local utility company installed "smart meters" outside the homes in my neighborhood without consent by the individual residents. Mine is nearby my bedroom and my neighbor's is very close since the houses have little space between them. I didn't think much about this, but over time, I've begun having symptoms that I just couldn't pinpoint the causation.

Then the news items began popping up about the severity of things that people were experiencing from the radiation produced by the smart meters. Honestly, I think that's where a lot of my problem lies, but here's the rub.

They are charging a significant fee to remove the meters, plus a monthly charge. Then, even if I had mine taken away, my neighbor's is still close by. The only alternative I have at the moment it to sleep in the living room, which is not a very practical solution. Perhaps I'll get a sofa bed after the holidays and try that. I don't know. I'll cut and paste a bit of the recent article I read. It goes on, after this paragraph, to describe the fees and charges.

"This news will, despite its shortcomings, be welcomed by those who are suffering from radiation effects, including headaches, dizziness, ringing of the ears, heart palpitations or arrythmias, nausea, and rf radiation sensitivities that began or increased following installation of the smart meters. Some that we have spoken with have been driven from their homes, including those residing in La Jolla, Coronado, Poway, and San Diego. Others have planned to sell and leave the state, unable to physically tolerate the smart meter's radiation emissions. Those living in hotels or their cars will be glad to know that there is a good chance they may not have to live with a smart meter on their home. This will not solve the problem of the close proximity to neighboring meters that are also an issue.
Center for Electrosmog Prevention (CEP), a CA nonprofit based in La Mesa, is a formal Party to the SDG&E opt-out proceeding, at the CPUC. The following comments related to CEP's filings on behalf of customers, pertaining to this opt-out were noted by Judge Yip-Kikugawa, in her decision, today:
CEP also opposes SDG&E’s preferred solution and argues that an analog
meter opt-out option should be offered. It maintains that a non-communicating
meter with interval read capability would not address concerns raised by those
customers who want an opt-out option that does not emit “electromagnetic
radiation... CEP also assert that since PG&E had stated that it was willing to
provide analog meters to its residential customers, SDG&E should also be
willing to do so."

I have to admit that I am an EMF-sensitive person; I even have to limit cell phone use to brief conversations as it gives me a headache. So, I have no doubt these meters are a huge problem.

Wishing all a good day.

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CATHYGETSFIT 12/10/2012 9:43PM

    That really sucks! I'm sorry to hear this. It does sound like a class action law suit might happen as a result of this. I hope you can find a way for EMF's to not bother you so much.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/10/2012 9:19PM

    Ugh. I certainly hope we don't get these here. My bedroom is close to the meter.

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NORWOODGIRL 12/10/2012 9:19PM

    I'm glad there is an opt-out option. We have no choice here. If you want electricity, you have to have a smart meter. It was interesting to talk to an employee of the electrical company here. The smart meters were not the electric company's idea. Government - the politicians - forced it on them. (Again, this is Canada, so I can only speak to the issue here.)

You are very sensitive. Hope you can find a resolution!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 12/10/2012 7:34PM

    Why oh why is this allowed?! I'm so sorry you have to deal with this!

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CATLADY52 12/10/2012 5:37PM

    Thankfully I don't have any of the symptoms. emoticon

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DEBBY4576 12/10/2012 4:52PM

    My sister died of breast cancer. Four others in a one block perimeter got cancer about the same time. Although they refused to look at the evironment, since it was 30 years ago, I think they are trying a little harder now. Just a little. I have been in a study group of sisters that had sisters with cancer. They had tons and tons of questions about where we grew up (like near orange groves etc) and where we are now. Included was power lines and how close we live near them. Unfortunately, they don't give you the results of anything. Occasionally they have gotten discoveries from this research though. And sent those to us. I hope you can get this resolved. I will pray for it to be resolved.

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NATPLUMMER 12/10/2012 3:38PM

    Wow!! I'm glad I haven't had that problem with mine.

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JLITT62 12/10/2012 11:45AM

    Well, that really sucks! How maddening.

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WALLAHALLA 12/10/2012 10:18AM

    Seems like the company could be in for a class action law suit if very many people are effected by this.

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LIVINGFREE19 12/10/2012 9:56AM

    So sad to hear, my friend!
These companies only do things for the convenience for themselves, they don't think of other people. I hope you can find some peace and quiet somewhere.

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Reversing Soy Damage

Sunday, December 09, 2012

There are three things that I have realized are contributing to a very bad quality of daily life for me. I can honestly say that I have been puzzled as to what's up with me, aside from the "normal" stress level of current challenges. I'm not operating on all cylinders, let's just leave it at that.

I'm very sensitive to certain things like caffeine. Even though I drink one small mug of coffee, I hate the way caffeine makes me feel. One of my goals has been to get off the stuff in the near future. Since I've blogged about that, I'll leave that topic until I actually start th detox process. (I want to do this once and for all.)

The other thing that affects me are EMF's. I stay away from using cell phones as it gives me a headache, and try to limit other electronics that emit stuff. However, about a year ago, the local utility company installed a "smart meter" that has really caused me a lot of trouble. But I'll blog about that in the near future.

The third thing is soy. Sure, I have researched and understood the controversary around it. And in the past, I've mainly stayed away from it. But about two months ago, when embarking on this low carb eating regimen (I've lost 11 lbs since Nov 1), I started ingesting a LOT of soy. Shakes, food, etc.

Man, I began feeling so brain-fogged and other negatives - for no apparent reason. Not depressed in the way I know depression feels, but still heavy and a bit dark. The other day I sat down and took a long look at what changed in the past two months and came up with soy.

Then I got on the internet and researched; I found some women's posts about how they experienced extreme depression and medical websites also listed this possible side effect from soy. You know, today is day 4 of no soy, and I feel different already. Might be placebo, and certainly not a miracle since I still have caffeine and smart meter to deal with, but hey, better is better.

No more soy for me. Wishing all a happy day.

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ALEXSGIRL1 12/11/2012 3:46PM

    good for you for finding what is wrong and fixing it,

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/10/2012 9:17PM

    WE must be sisters. I don't tolerate caffeine either and cell phones. And I don't do soy as it causes me some problems. It affects the thyroid and causes me to have breast tenderness.

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 12/10/2012 7:26AM

    It is all individual. Great you are discerning what causes problems for you and then can control/avoid it. Just wondering...... are you drinking enough fluid?
IT seems that I get brain fog if I am dehydrated, even a little.

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NORWOODGIRL 12/9/2012 6:20PM

    We are all an experiment of one. Each of us has to be our own guinea pig and figure out what is good for us and what is not. Congratulations on your research and for the discoveries that you've made!

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LIVINGFREE19 12/9/2012 5:29PM

    At least you were able to find out what the problem is and get it stopped!

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GMFAY33 12/9/2012 3:52PM

    I'm glad to see you investigating what is good for your body. We have so many choices that we still have a great variety to choose from.

Good luck!

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ROSEWAND 12/9/2012 3:19PM

    Brain fog can also be caused by low carbs.
Some of our brains need our carbs/serotonin
to function at high levels. I certainly do. emoticon

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WALLAHALLA 12/9/2012 2:46PM

    good thing you track your stuff, so you could look back and pinpoint the culprit

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JLITT62 12/9/2012 1:00PM

    I think everyone is different in how they react to foods . . . for instance, I eat a fair amount of soy but it tends to be edamame or tofu or tempeh. And even then, it's not every day or multiple times a day. And mostly I stay away from highly processed soy dogs & stuff like that.

I think variety is one of the keys in getting our nutrients in - even if I do get stuck in some ruts!

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